What if headlines literally translated Arabic names?

Published August 7th, 2016 - 10:11 GMT

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International media often struggles with naming the various actors in the Middle East today. Is it Daesh? ISIS? The Islamic State? ISIL? Is he Benjamin Netanyahu? Binyamin? Or Bibi? Is it the regime of Bashar al-Assad or the government? And what is the difference? And on top of all this, the media often reports on names of groups without explaining their meaning. Hamas and Fatah are rival Palestinian groups, for example. So do their names reflect their difference in ideology?

Al Bawaba is here to help. Take a look at the following mock headlines, rewritten with literal translations of the Arabic and Hebrew names therein!

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The Victory Front (Nusra Front) changes its name to Front for the Conquest of the Levant (Jabhat Fatal al-Sham).
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Image 1 of 9:  1 / 9The Victory Front (Nusra Front) changes its name to Front for the Conquest of the Levant (Jabhat Fatal al-Sham).

(Source: AFP/File)

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Syrian president Human the Lion (Bashar al-Assad) addresses the media.
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Image 2 of 9:  2 / 9Syrian president Human the Lion (Bashar al-Assad) addresses the media.

(Source: AFP/File)

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Party of God (Hezbollah) has been defending Lebanon from the Islamic State (Daesh) attacks since 2014.
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Image 3 of 9:  3 / 9Party of God (Hezbollah) has been defending Lebanon from the Islamic State (Daesh) attacks since 2014.

(Source: AFP/File)

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The Army of Monotheists (Jaysh al-Muwahhideen)) is comprised of ethnic Druze (pictured here) who fight on the side of the Syrian regime.
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Image 4 of 9:  4 / 9The Army of Monotheists (Jaysh al-Muwahhideen)) is comprised of ethnic Druze (pictured here) who fight on the side of the Syrian regime.

(Source: AFP/Menahem Kahana)

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The Victory Front (Nusra Front) reportedly cuts ties with The Base (Al-Qaeda), pictured here.
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Image 5 of 9:  5 / 9The Victory Front (Nusra Front) reportedly cuts ties with The Base (Al-Qaeda), pictured here.

(Source: AFP/File)

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Benjamin God Has Given (Netanyahu) signs a new law in the Israeli Gathering (Knesset).
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Image 6 of 9:  6 / 9Benjamin God Has Given (Netanyahu) signs a new law in the Israeli Gathering (Knesset).

(Source: AFP/Dan Balilty)

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Egyptian president Servant of the Conquest (Abd el Fattah) al-Sisi addresses the public.
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Image 7 of 9:  7 / 9Egyptian president Servant of the Conquest (Abd el Fattah) al-Sisi addresses the public.

(Source: AFP/File)

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Sword of (Saif al) Islam Gaddafi hopes to return his family to power in Libya.
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Image 8 of 9:  8 / 9Sword of (Saif al) Islam Gaddafi hopes to return his family to power in Libya.

(Source: AFP/Imed Lamloum)

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The Consolidation (Likud) wins the Israeli parliamentary elections.
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Image 9 of 9:  9 / 9The Consolidation (Likud) wins the Israeli parliamentary elections.

(Source: AFP/File)

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The Victory Front (Nusra Front) changes its name to Front for the Conquest of the Levant (Jabhat Fatal al-Sham).

Image 1 of 9The Victory Front (Nusra Front) changes its name to Front for the Conquest of the Levant (Jabhat Fatal al-Sham).

(Source: AFP/File)

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Syrian president Human the Lion (Bashar al-Assad) addresses the media.

Image 2 of 9Syrian president Human the Lion (Bashar al-Assad) addresses the media.

(Source: AFP/File)

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Party of God (Hezbollah) has been defending Lebanon from the Islamic State (Daesh) attacks since 2014.

Image 3 of 9Party of God (Hezbollah) has been defending Lebanon from the Islamic State (Daesh) attacks since 2014.

(Source: AFP/File)

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The Army of Monotheists (Jaysh al-Muwahhideen)) is comprised of ethnic Druze (pictured here) who fight on the side of the Syrian regime.

Image 4 of 9The Army of Monotheists (Jaysh al-Muwahhideen)) is comprised of ethnic Druze (pictured here) who fight on the side of the Syrian regime.

(Source: AFP/Menahem Kahana)

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The Victory Front (Nusra Front) reportedly cuts ties with The Base (Al-Qaeda), pictured here.

Image 5 of 9The Victory Front (Nusra Front) reportedly cuts ties with The Base (Al-Qaeda), pictured here.

(Source: AFP/File)

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Benjamin God Has Given (Netanyahu) signs a new law in the Israeli Gathering (Knesset).

Image 6 of 9Benjamin God Has Given (Netanyahu) signs a new law in the Israeli Gathering (Knesset).

(Source: AFP/Dan Balilty)

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Egyptian president Servant of the Conquest (Abd el Fattah) al-Sisi addresses the public.

Image 7 of 9Egyptian president Servant of the Conquest (Abd el Fattah) al-Sisi addresses the public.

(Source: AFP/File)

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Sword of (Saif al) Islam Gaddafi hopes to return his family to power in Libya.

Image 8 of 9Sword of (Saif al) Islam Gaddafi hopes to return his family to power in Libya.

(Source: AFP/Imed Lamloum)

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The Consolidation (Likud) wins the Israeli parliamentary elections.

Image 9 of 9The Consolidation (Likud) wins the Israeli parliamentary elections.

(Source: AFP/File)

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